Renault to Repackage Car Batteries for the Home

Powervault said that using the "second life" batteries would enable it to offer home storage for about £3,000, a 30 per cent discount on new lithium-ion home batteries, and should boost take-up.

Renault is Europe's number one EV manufacturer: sales of the Renault Zoe in Europe grew 15 percent in 2016 to 21,240 units, ahead of the Nissan Leaf (18,310 units sold) and the Tesla S Model (11,564 units).

Powervault also today announced a 12-month trial of 50 units in homes fitted with solar panels across the United Kingdom, to assess the technical performance of the batteries and gauge consumer response to home energy storage.

Renault says that the batteries in its cars typically last eight to 10 years. Nissan's xStorage range, developed in collaboration with Eaton, includes models that use second-life batteries from the vehicle manufacturer's LEAF range. The trial will be a mix of M&S Energy customers, social housing tenants and schools in the South East, Powervault said. Homeowners and brands are now looking to benefit from the smart power revolution. Second life battery packs are removed from the electric vehicles, unpacked and graded before Powervault make them into smaller battery packs for their application. Through the Powervault system, the batteries are given an estimated 10 years of additional life use.

Do you think it's a good idea to use old EV batteries in the home? We have been supplying 100% green electricity since 2015 and initiatives such as our Community Energy Fund are helping our communities become more environmentally and financially sustainable. Powervault's business plan sees it selling 30,000 units by 2020, which equates to 15,000 EV vehicle batteries.

The new CrowdCube campaign will have an initial target of £750,000. They will then be able to use the solar energy they collect as well as charge the battery from the grid at off peak times.

  • Zachary Reyes